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@journal.org. talk a little bit about proposition 8 in california. as the impact what could happen this time around? guest: let me go back and say, marriage equality is no longer a partisan issue. if you look at socio-economic trends across this country, americans from all walks of life, all parts of this country, all sorts of americans, republicans, democrats, catholics, episcopalians, they all support marriage equality in majority's right now. that is probably one of the largest of allusions of has taken place since 2006 and 2008. you are right. perhaps the most high-profile marriage equality battle took place in 2008 in california around prop 8. unfortunately, we lost by just a few percentage points. as a result of that, prop. 8, a group called the american foundation for equal rights decided to launch a constitutional challenge for that vote. and it stands for is right now before the supreme court and on november 20, they will decide whether or not to take up that case. host: a paul talking about support for gay marriage. referenced that 50% of those who were polled, say it should be on the bal
from mississippi. caller: i am a retired firefighter from mississippi -- from california. disasters, and most jurisdictions find they are overwhelmed by the time of happens, because disasters over what every jurisdiction. whether you are in new york or mississippi, the jurisdictions in charge of tried to mitigate the problems are so overwhelmed, and most of them are victims themselves. we need a national fire disaster program that exist within the federal cover that. the resources are there with a going to a lot of expense. all disasters are similar to what would happen in a hotel. if everyone goes into a hotel, they see what to happen when a fire starts, how to get out. once they are out, they need to be accounted for, and you need to have in the emergency service that can come in and mitigate the problem. most jurisdictions do not have the resources to do this. when it comes to police and fire -- when it comes to things that have to do with police, we have the fbi that is a national organization that has the resources to do things that the local to restrictions, whether state or l
california, ron waiting to talk to us. caller: good morning. good job. the issues are occluded. the whole congress -- i blame the entire congress for holding americans hostage for this results. this is not space science. we're not trying to go to pluto. we are trying to fix something of a vote of 425 people we have to convince. this is ridiculous. the price of health care is doubling as a first of the year. that has nothing to do with the fiscal cliff. that is congress not paying attention to what's going on with health care. they are blaming obamacare on this, but this was before the election the price of health care was going up. across the board, we are not dealing with problems at hand. both sides of the aisle, those that don't want to give an answer to this before we go over the fiscal cliff, they're not responding to the will of the people. they will be voted out. there's no doubt. if we have some very lovely and caring republicans that are very conservative and we love them, but we will vote them out if they don't fix this. we are holding them responsible as we are holding the demo
in santa barbara, california. caller: hello. good morning. i guess my comment is, and kind of glad that the spectacle of elections are over. and maybe we can start to focus on some of the serious issues that still remain. i notice you just made a comment that reid had put out an olive branch to john boehner and mitch mcconnell. i am hoping that at some point in the future that may be c-span can run some segments on the article 5 convention. i really think that we needed to a convention of state delegates to deliberate over certain issues that none of the candidates talked about. i am very concerned about proprietary source codes and electronic voting machines. i am concerned about voter fraud, i am concerned about corporate control of what makes it out of a committee to the floor for a vote and what does not. my comment is, am glad the elections are over. i hope it can start to address some serious issues. host: that is john in santa barbara. usa today lead editorial -- voters can obama a subdued second term mandate. barack obama is election in 2008 made history purity become the f
news today, california representative mary bono mack is conceding her seat. representative mack today conceded her race to democrat raul ruiz, who joins a large freshman contingent in the state's delegation. ruiz was leading mack by 4,679 votes as of thursday evening, with thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still to count. dr. ruiz will do a fine job if he is guided as well by the people of the congressional district as i was. please give him the opportunity to succeed, bono mack said in a statement. we want to thank all the folks who participated in this particular segment of the "washington journal." we want to let our viewers and listeners know that coming up, a discussion on the impact of the tea party in the 2012 election. and later in the program, author ira shapiro will join us to look at the prospects for compromise in the senate. this is the "washington journal." today is saturday, november 10. we'll be right back. >> here's a look at some books being publish this had week. jon meacham recounts president thomas jefferson's political prowess in "thomas jefferson: th
: it is the sum of its house district + two for the senate. each state has two senators. california has 55 electoral votes. the district of columbia is awarded three electoral votes. host: jim from iowa, hello. caller: i have a question. in past years with george bush and al gore, that went back and forth. are they planning to make changes to extensive monitoring ? it is a back and forth thing. i have watched this election thing go for 17 months. i used to be a democrat and i'm so disgusted. i went republican. i have a lot of concerns and reservations because i have seen a lot of things change in how things operate and how politicians operates and i am concerned. i got early to vote. host: thank you. guest: the electoral college has not rallied the masses. it is an issue that deals with political process. we have the 2000 election that george w. bush lost the popular vote. that election -- the issue discussion dominated by what happened in florida. there was not a lot of talk about scrapping the electoral college. there has not been a big movement to overhaul the electoral college. it is k
, a democratic candidate to beat jonathan paton. in california, the democrat there beats tony strickland. michigan's first. the republican, benishek, co mes out the victor. there are a few other outstanding ones. go to our web site c-span.org. as we told you yesterday, the state of florida had yet to be called. here is the "miami herald." we still do not know where the 29 electoral votes will go, but it has not made a difference in the overall outcome of the presidential election. back to the topic of what was your message to washington. a lot of newspaper articles this morning about the fiscal cliff. that is what faces these leaders as they make their way back to washington. here is the fiscal -- "the financial times." topping that list is paul ryan, the vice-president candidate returning to congress and has asked to continue on as chairman of the house budget committee. those are the people doing the negotiations. moving on to "the washington post." they know earlier wednesday barack obama call john boehner and others to urge them to put aside partisan interests to advance the interest
of my friends in coronado, california. wondering if you are related to anyone from connecticut. host: not sure. what are your thoughts about the general's resignation? caller: let me tell you something, we came here when i was a, we came to a military base. my stepfather served in the first marines. also we went to camp pendleton and he was the commander of that unit for many years. at the veterans day to our veterans. living and deceased. and active, i should say. about the general, were we all wearing rose colored glasses? i am sure some of his closest friends for making comments or had some kind of reservation about what was happening. the two of them together look very happy in conversation. i imagine that they had many, many other clandestine, you know, appearances together. the thing is, the thing that is hurtful is for the family. and, of course, the military and the government, there are a lot of answers. he will be held to a higher accounting. he has to bring it out. the pentagon will do that as well. the cia, the fbi, the president, all making sure that this is not swept un
, there are two in arizona that have yet to be called, 3 in california, 1 in north carolina, and one in florida. these have not been called because ballots are still being counted. mostly overseas and military balance, some early voting, especially in arizona. that is what is still being counted. host: are any of these expected to go to a recount? is it just provisional ballots and absentee ballots? guest: i think a couple will go to recounts. the closest, i believe, is in california in the seventh district. i think that will definitely be going to a recount. also in north carolina, the margin is 400 votes in a race with mike macentire. another is inlflorid awhere allen west is behind by 2400 votes. i think c-span viewers are familiar with him and knows he is not somebody that gives up easily. host: what would be the biggest upset from your perspective from the stresses that have not been called? guest: i think the biggest upset would be the race in arizona's second district which is where ron barber is the incumbent. host: that is the aide to former congressman gabby gifford. guest: this was h
democratic circles, nancy pelosi has not given a hint about what is next. she has returned to california. sources close say not to expect any announcement before next week. democrats have a caucus meeting for wednesday." next is ron from taxes on the line for independent. caller: i am from kentucky. when these elected officials get elected to office, they sign a contract to the american people. they should not ever put their name on a contract to any certain group. they sign a pledge to work for all of the people, not just certain ones. i also think when the tea party got there thing go in, they do not want to come together in any kind of compromises. i just think it should be borne of a moderate thinking in congress to work towards the middle. i do not like the extremes either way. host: did the election change that attitude? do you think there will be compromise, and not the extremism on either end? caller: i hope so. from what i hear from mitch mcconnell, i do not like. i am a kentucky citizen. it is about time for him to retire. i think mr. john boehner wants to work out a deal. i re
-- alex from california, a republican caller. caller: good morning. thank you for c-span. i have complete trust in the fbi, cia, at home and security. i have complete trust within the confines of their agency walls. if you look at all of the botched terrorist plots that have been occurring since 9/11, it is absolutely amazing what our agencies are doing to keep us safe. who i do not trust is the white house suits who apparently put a spin on the nsa's official briefs and input on worldwide events. i believe the white house puts a political spin on everything that comes to the president, to the secretary of state. then to the american people. it was 9/11 when we had benghazi going down. that is a data i think the president would rather have nothing going down. apparently there was something going down. with petraeus, is it not ironic that he is now being the scrutinized over these extramarital affairs when he is about to testify in regards to what happened in benghazi. >>let's get a couple more comments on facebook and twitter. thank you for all of your calls. coming up next, congressman r
of southern california, he was still in southern california. and he had just finished his phd before i arrived and was teaching in southern california. i gave a lecture there to the middle east community on campus. and my recollection is meeting a doctor morsi who had graduated from usc. i have a hunch that probably was him. but beyond that i have not encountered him personally. he was not a personality on the egyptian scene. was a very key player in the muslim brotherhood, but he was not even the first candidate for the presidency. he was a pull back position when the first candidate was disqualified. so, he is not as well known, but you certainly fluent in english and nose america well. and i suppose that when he and hillary clinton had the conversation or when he and president obama have a phone conversation, did absolutely no problem communicating. host: right-wing radical says the villa a tweet, who is the reigning missiles on israel all year? in another a tweet -- has obama is drawn or help or hurt the united states in the region? guest: 0 it has heard. part of the thing about the ground
is not going to go down the cliff, they're going to go down the drain. host: that was howard in california. danny says the reason we have a spending problem is because the rich investor class has created a low wage for free trade. host: here are some tweets we've been receiving on this issue. joseph says spending cuts have to be on the table, ending bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000 is a start. aalways cut what hurts the most people blame the other side. it seems republicans are under the assumption they won this past election. they did not, the people support the president's plan. bruce is an independent in new york. bruce, good morning, you're on the "washington journal." caller: good morning. i'm a landlord and i'm a small landlord, but i rent to section 8 people and social services, and for the love of me i can't figure out is how a person has to go to work and rent because he can't afford an apartment so he rents a room, he pays maybe $100 a week. well, we have people who do not who get a one bedroom apartment for $900, ok? but here's how we save. if we took and bought a f
california on our independent line. caller: i have two daughters who are attending public schools and they were attending private school. my contribution is approximately $30 per day. at the private school, it was private instruction. more days per school year than the public school and so forth. now i am moving them into the public school system. i get a note from the school system saying if your children are absent for a given day, the school does not receive money for the days they are not there. they were hoping we could cover their cost of $40 per student day. my first question is, how is it that at a public level where they have a fraction of the number of days of instruction per year and hours per day are shorter, they are asking for $40 per student day and they are getting a better quality of education at $30 a day per student. in the state of california, we are going broke. how can we justify more money for pensions? the second question i have for you is that you have mentioned the bush tax cuts for the rich and how this election was about letting the tax cuts for the ric
stay with us. madeleine in thousand oaks, california, republican. caller: i am the wye fire the teacher. i feel i am an independent republican. -- i am the wife of a teacher. in california we feel we have too many administrators. the teachers need time to get further education and that should be demanded. there are teachers who should not be there. but there are parents who are very aggressive who come to school and have come on the playground and have hit the teachers. the teachers have insurance if something happens. one student came to school with her mother is underpants. it's not only the military that get tempted, but teachers get tempted also. host: we have a line set aside for educators this morning. we want to hear from them as well as we continue this discussion on how you would fix your school system. yesterday in washington recovered an event with florida governor jeb bush. he has an education foundation that heh startedthate held its fifth annual summit in washington, gathering policy experts, the likes of condoleezza rice and other folks were here talking about how we can
economy. no state income tax. look at california. there lost 350,000 people to texas alone. texas is growing. california is a disaster. host: i will give you a chance to jump in. guest: it is difficult to compare. is great to hear somebody from our own area doing well down in texas. i appreciate his call. i think it is difficult to try to make a comparison -- comparison between the oral industry, versus the auto industry. i think it is a difficult comparison. but the auto restructuring package has worked. and it is benefiting hubbard, ohio. and the position on chinese steel that the president has taken that has benefited people in that area of -- i would take issue with the lack of him making the argument that there's a lack of a federal resources about of gone into taxes. nasa has made huge investments into texas. many businesses and texas' benefit from investments in the united states military. throughout the entire state of texas. i think if you look at many of the universities in texas, they get a vote load of money from the research and development money that comes from nih,
-mails -- that is mike from california. nancy from texas says -- front page of "the financial times" has the picture that a lot of folks have in their papers this morning. al in indiana on are democrats' line, good morning. caller: good morning. i believe that you can add to that question and put on a few more words. you look at who the president had to reach across the aisle to. i go back to one of president obama's addresses to congress when congressman wilson from california shouted out in front of a live audience on tv, "you lie." i think that is indicative of where this republican party is. the entire country is being held hostage because of the republican party's refusal to evolve. demographically, the republican party does not pay respect to women, to minorities, and they have no national candidates for office as a result of that. they are worried about all things vagina and ridiculous things like that. host: darlene on a republican line. what is your opinion? caller: i want to tell you i used to be a democrat. 14idn't like it when those democrats left town, got paid, and weren't there to vot
the non- battleground states. we will go to california, on our line for republicans, helen, you are on. caller: good morning. i am a first-time caller. please do not cut me off. host: go ahead. caller: i will be so glad when this election is over. i was raised a republican. my whole entire life, never voted anything but republican. but i tell you what, anyone -- i switched this year, i was born to go independent, but i am going to go for barack obama. anyone that will vote for mitt romney has to be a 100% raist, or have a severe -- a 100% racist or have a severe mental problem. host: are you glad you are not subject to all of the presidential ads and mailings coming and to folks in ohio? caller: i am so glad. and i watched c-span, and the comments that i hear from the people, it is so sad. why do they hate this black president? and one thing i want to make clear. i am not voting for obama because we are black. host: we lost you there. i want to point to the columbus dispatch. the headline is -- mailings a nuisance for ohioans. those of any swing states are saying it every day, calling
. california's 52nd district. california's seventh district. north carolina's seventh district. called on monday was arizona ninth district. so, that is from "the washington times" this morning. the headline, "to west allen, west." he is refusing to concede the house reelection battle. six days later. that is "the washington times" with an update. front royal, virginia, republican, let me go back to you. go ahead. caller: my thought is that i am a republican, but also an american. america voted for obama. we need to pull together as a country. all of the people in the congress and the senate need to pull together and think about what all of the american people need and what is good for this country. if that means that right now republicans have to been in a little bit, they have to do it and fix this budget so that we can move forward as a country. host: taxing the wealthiest americans, is that enough? caller: now, it is not, but we have to make a move forward, working together, and if we do not stop fighting and work together, we will not do anything. host: so, does that mean the demo
waited for about 40 minutes. they had seats. i got to sit down and wait. host: to reset in california. let's move on to barry from massachusetts. caller: i think it is just pregnant women who were allowed to vote, that would speed up the process. then the big interest people could finance them or to them into -- somebody made them pregnant. it would have an influence. that would speed them up. host: we will leave it there. we have a tweet from somebody who identifies themselves as sea of tranquillity. more from the article in "the baltimore sun." this is talking about a proposal from senator mark warner. the article goes on to say -- back to the phones. ernest is calling on the independent line from philadelphia. caller: good morning. host: give me one of your remedies for speeding up the voting process. caller: i would like to speak about the independents and third-party is being included in debates. host: we are talking about the voting process itself. caller: right. what we can do is have more polling places available for people to vote. host: did you vote until this election? call
in pleasanton, california. hi there. caller: i got through after months of trying. host: glad you made it. caller: me, too. i was about to give up. anyhow, i think the federal government makes a guarantee in all these loans they have been doing. when they do that, the banks, the loners, do not have to worry about it. it is the same thing with public employee pension funds. they're claiming that they're getting 7.5%. so when they lose money, they ask the public to repay them money for their pension, and i do not think that is right. that has got to stop. the other thing is, the housing market was going crazy because people were buying homes and reselling them at greater profit, and they were bragging about all of this. host: ok, let's go to nick timiraos and get a response. guest: it is a very common view. people on both sides of the aisle often say we like to see the government not play this role bang in the housing market. some say the government should play no role b. if you look at the history of federal involvement in the mortgage market, it goes back to the depression, and we really
that every vote should count. on the other hand, you would not want texas, california, or new york to determine what the whole country should move forward on. i believe that the electoral college is outdated. i am an independent voter. i voted for clinton back in the day, and i have voted for bush. i voted for obama last time. i am from ohio, but not everyone from ohio is in the unions. there are a lot people out of work here. i am really upset with the fact that mitt romney has not released his tax returns. that bothers me a great deal. but i feel like i got snowed by obama. he does not appear to be a good leader, watching these debates. it looked like he did not want to be there. the last debate, when he made a snide comment about the bayonet, i thought to myself -- is that how you are dealing with the republican party? that attitude? if someone has a nonchalant attitude, that they will talk to me in a condescending manner, i would not want to do with you, either. host: finish your thought? caller: my brother is in the army. he is fixing to go to afghanistan in june. benghazi rea
grow the middle class. host: jim, california. republican line. caller: $250,000 is not rich. the people on television betting for money, you should tax them. how much do you pay? the president and democrats suck up to these celebrities. they have to pay $40,000 to hang around the democrats. host: he says $250,000 and he criticized fund-raisers. guest: i think there is too much money in politics, and by the way, 80% of the $250,000 and above the income is income over $1 million. that is where the bulk of the money is over $250,000, so when you end the tax break, you are very much affecting mostly people that have over $1 million in income annually. so, again, we need to have a balanced approach, and everybody needs to do their fair share, including me the president said during the campaign -- and the president said during the campaign that the tax breaks for him and governor romney should end. i think the tax breaks for anyone in those categories need to end as part of a balanced approach and we need to extend the tax cuts for middle-class families in this country. that is what this argu
"getting a break." they listed some of the higher income states. california leads the way. if you go down the charge, the lowest states, indiana the lowest in terms of just what folks are getting in their homes in terms of added as -- itemized deductions. that's it from the other gentleman we heard in that clip. [video clip] >> tax increases to chase after higher spending is a fool's errand. we need to have that balanced approach we have all been talking about, which is increasing revenues through a process of tax reform, then spending reductions. we've had four straight years of trillion dollars plus deficit. you cannot continue this and have economic vitality, which is what we need. host: anything there you want to respond to? guest: the federal government spends over $1.40 for every dollar it takes in. you cannot continue to do that without having a day of reckoning. we need comprehensive tax reform. we need a comprehensive approach to regaining control of the budget, social insurance reforms, defense and other spending reductions, and tax reform that will generate more revenues. i don
after the election with bera leading. there are four outstanding house races that are in california's 52n't district. florida's 15th district, arizona's2nd district. the fifth race is louisiana's third district between two republican members that will be decided in a september runoff. democrats lead in all races where the winner is still uncalled. if they prevail, the thousands this cycle will be eight seats. one of those races that was referenced in that report is congressman alan west race in florida in that 18th district there. this from the "washington times" today. state and national republican party officials are getting behind the call for the recount in all early votes in st. lucy count you florida. we're staying with this story on the b.p. spill fines that were announced yesterday. we'll go to bethlehem, pennsylvania on the democratic line. dell is waiting. thanks for the call. caller: thank you. professor kind of stole a lot of the things i was going to say, because most people don't know the perspective here. you know, one time british patroleum was owned by the british govern
, that it is a government service in essence. host: fairfield, california. republican callers. you are on the air. caller: my only comment is that i think that the post office is just an archaic institution during i don't think -- institution. i don't think one dime of taxpayer money should be spent on it. host: let's clarify that point. guest: taxpayers pay about -- i think about $100 million. it sounds like a lot. but i believe it goes to pay for things like free delivery of freeballots -- free delivery of overseas ballots, services to the blind. those are the things provided. not a routine services. those services are basically funded out of the operating funds, the revenues, the sales revenues, so to speak, of the social-service. and so, i would not say it has been a burden so much on the taxpayers. the burden and the concern is it would be a burden in the future if it is not able to be a viable business and it leaves behind a lot of light of these like benefits owed, health care benefits. host: sorry to interrupt. i wanted him to clarify that point before you go on. caller: i use e-mail, i use ups,
california, democrats line. caller: hi there, mr. ornstein, guest: hi. caller: i have to two questions. first off, i want to congratulate you for demonstrating integrity, because i believe you're representing a highly conservative institution with american enterprise and your views are coming across unbiased. guest: thank you. caller: secondly, i am not scared of the nuclear option. initially based on my limited experience or knowledge about it, and/or the stopping of the senate. i had an think it might be a portal we might have to pass through as a country to get beyond it. is it unprecedented that somebody, a majority leader would take that option, and what else in terms of the nuclear option could be used for if it became something that was standard fare? do they have to stand on the floor and talk during a filibuster? i seem to recall that i have seen that happen in my lifetime. guest: we have never used the so-called nuclear option. the senate has come close several times. that it ise the idea a continuing body and a unique body. what we see in the debate and the rules have been reversed
is on the phone from california. caller: i think that romney is going to win. i think people can really see that obama is a lawyer and he is a good talker. and he is a good rally year. but the mitt romney record tells the truth about what he can do for america. mitt romney as for the citizens of the united states of america. we have a president that i and 60% of his briefings he keeps talking about how he saved general motors. listen, even if they would have gone bankrupt, they would have come back no matter what. president obama wants to take credit for osama bin laden, when our military men did that. passing the dream act without going through the chain of command, i think he thought he was going to change washington, but washington changed him. he is a good talker and a good lawyer. he could get you off on a murder case, that is what lawyers do, that is all that he is. host: thank you for the call. mark williams says this -- host: the crystal ball contest from "the washington post," has a look at the senate and house, with a prediction that the senate will be provided -- divided this way
to this country without a penny in your pocket and ending up with a house in beverly hills, california. that is the american dream. that is what i believe is at the heart of republicanism. individual empowerment, individual ownership, individual responsibility. allow individuals to dream. allow them to go as far as they can. that for me is republicanism. that is why i am a proud republican. we had issues. we have to modernize. we have to be consistent on some things. we have to stop insulting people. i am is still a proud republican. host: the president took issue -- questions on a number of issues including immigration reform, something he promised in his first term and promises to make it a key agenda item. [video clip] >> immigration reform is similar to the past efforts. i think it should include a continuation of the strong border security measures that we have taken. we have to secure our borders. it should contain serious penalties for companies that are purposely higher and undocumented workers and taking advantage of them. i do think there should be a pathway for legal status
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